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February 02, 2015

Atlantis Partners with VMware To Extend Virtual Volumes to $300 Billion In Existing Datacenter Storage

Seth Knox - Atlantis

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Today, VMware announced the release of VMware Virtual Volumes as part of vSphere 6. VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVOL) is a critical part of the storage industry revolution of moving from physical storage to software-define storage (SDS), shifting policy control from being locked up in proprietary hardware to being integrated into the Software-Defined Datacenter. As one of the first VVOL partners, Atlantis is excited to start leveraging VVOL as part of our Atlantis USX software-defined storage platform to deliver SDS across entire datacenter.
The most important synergy of Atlantis USX and Virtual Volumes is the ability to accelerate the adoption of SDS by pooling every existing SAN, NAS, VSAN, DAS in the datacenter – whether it is Virtual Volumes enabled or not –instantly manage it through Virtual Volumes and deliver storage as containers that allow customers to realize the cost, performance and agility of Software-Defined Datacenters. Without Atlantis USX, Virtual Volumes will only be able to address new storage arrays that choose to write to the Virtual Volumes APIs, limiting the rate of adoption.

Watch the video we shot at VMware headquarters explaining the joint solution with VMware Virtual Volumes and Atlantis USX.

Quotes from Our CEO and Founder Chetan Venkatesh on the partnership

VMware Virtual Volumes Press Release:

“We are moving to a world where storage is delivered more efficiently as software containers that dynamically distribute application-driven resources. VMware Virtual Volumes is a critical part of this storage industry revolution, shifting policy control from being locked up in proprietary hardware to being integrated into the Software-Defined Datacenter,” said Chetan Venkatesh, Atlantis President and CEO. “The Atlantis USX SDS platform integrates with VVOL to take control of all storage in the datacenter – past, present and future – to accelerate the transition to Software-Defined Storage. With USX, every existing SAN, NAS, VSAN, DAS in the datacenter are instantly manageable through VVOL and delivered as containers that allow customers to realize the cost, performance and agility of Software-Defined Datacenters.”

VMware vSphere 6 Press Release:

“VMware is leading the transformation from physical to software-defined data centers and the cloud. vSphere 6 is a significant milestone in that journey as it brings VM-centric storage management into the hypervisor through VVOL, expands the applicability of hyper-converged storage and delivers GPU graphics to virtual desktops,” said Chetan Venkatesh, Atlantis President and CEO. “The Atlantis USX platform integrates with vSphere 6 to allow enterprises to realize the cost, performance and agility of software-defined and hyper-converged storage today enabling VMware customers to harness the power of hybrid and public clouds.”

Traditional Storage Problems

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IDC    predicts    that    capacity    will    continue    to    expand    at    over    40%    annual    growth    until    2018.  This means that customer on average will be doubling their storage requirements every 2 years.

Today, storage management is extremely siloed and complex. Most enterprises have at least 5 classes and tiers of storage provide by three or more vendors. Each of these storage systems is completely isolated both in terms of its management and physical storage resources. This means tremendous waste of both performance and capacity resources as each silo creates inefficiencies.

In this environment, the storage SLAs provided by the storage teams are very rigid and deliver poor performance at a very high cost per GB and IOPS.  IT organizations are unable to quickly deliver different types of storage volumes such as All-Flash, Hybrid, or hyper-converged storage without buying additional hardware.

Software-Defined Storage Solutions

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To address these storage challenges, a new approach to storage has emerged called Software-Defined Storage or SDS. The essence of SDS is the ability to abstract and pool storage resources across the datacenter and dynamically deliver application-drive virtual storage volumes the meet exactly the SLA required by the application.

These storage containers are created in software, using commodity storage resources such as direct attached storage, existing SAN or NAS storage systems, hybrid arrays or even all-flash arrays. When the business or applications need storage, it is created automatically in seconds from available resources and presented through the hypervisor to VMs and applications.

Once storage is delivered as software, we can innovate in ways that weren’t possible with storage hardware. Functions like deduplication, compression, replication, storage vMotion can be infinitely more efficient and deliver new levels of performance and capacity with less hardware.

VMware Virtual Volumes Overview

 

Virtual Volumes is a set of APIs that storage vendors can support that allows IT organizations to manage storage policies from VMware vSphere Storage Policy-Based Management. Instead of defining storage policies at a LUN level in each storage vendors UI, we can now make storage policy VM-centric and application-centric. The ability manage all storage policies from vSphere enables organizations to standardize all storage policies in a single interface and break the reliance on proprietary storage management systems.

Once enterprises are no longer locked into a specific vendor’s storage management paradigm, organizations will be able to use SDS platforms with commodity storage to lower costs, increase performance and improve availability.

Atlantis USX with Virtual Volumes

 

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The Atlantis USX SDS platform integrates with Virtual Volumes to take control of all storage in the datacenter – past, present and future – to accelerate the transition to Software-Defined Storage. Atlantis USX software-defined storage abstracts and pools all storage resources in the datacenter to increase performance, capacity and flexibility just as server virtualization did for compute. Atlantis HyperDup delivers a comprehensive set of enterprise-class data services to all storage. This technology increases performance and capacity by up to ten times.

Atlantis integrates with Virtual Volumes and storage policy-based management systems available in VMware vSphere 6, allowing you to manage all of your storage as part of your software-defined datacenter. This leverages the Atlantis USX HyperDup technology to enable inline deduplication, compression, snapshots, fast cloning, encryption, performance and performance profiles. You can also create, import, start, stop, delete, snapshot, revert and clone at a VM-level leveraging Atlantis USX to increase the speed and reduce the storage capacity required by each these VM-level functions.

Atlantis USX Supported VVOL Capabilities

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  • Deduplication
  • Compression
  • Cloning
  • Snapshot
  • Encryption
  • Migration
  • Performance Profiles

Atlantis USX VVOL Availability

Atlantis USX VVOL support will require VMware vSphere 6, which not generally available. Atlantis USX will issue a new release within 90 days of the vSphere 6 GA date.

I encourage you to join VMware and Atlantis is the revolution the promises to completely change the way enterprise and applications deliver, management and purchase storage. You have already realized the benefits of virtualizing your server. Today you can drive the same value for you businesses by virtualizing storage and delivering it as software. For anyone planning on implementing Virtual Volumes, Atlantis USX can help you realize the benefits of software-define storage across your entire datacenter. If you are interested in beta testing Atlantis USX with vSphere 6 and VVOL, tweet us at @AtlantisSDS.

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